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Microsoft My Phone backup service confirmed: beta starting soon

Microsoft My Phone backup service confirmed: beta starting soon

Microsoft have officially confirmed their My Phone backup and synchronization service, after it was spotted running ahead of time last week.  An official announcement regarding the service - plus an invite-only beta - is expected for Mobile World Congress, but what we do know now is that My Phone will offer synchronization of contacts, appointment and other date, together with photo sharing, for Windows Mobile handsets.

Microsoft statement after the cut

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Microsoft My Phone, aka SkyBox online backup, launches

Microsoft My Phone, aka SkyBox online backup, launches

It looks as though Microsoft have prematurely launched their mobile backup service, codenamed SkyBox, an announcement of which is expected at Mobile World Congress later this month.  Now named My Phone, though found at getskybox.com, the beta service promises 200MB of storage for contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, photos, videos, text messages, music and documents, via an on-phone sync app.

 

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Google GDrive online storage & backup service leaked

Google GDrive online storage & backup service leaked

Further evidence suggesting Google is preparing to launch an online file storage service called GDrive has emerged, this time detailed in a file within the company's Google Pack.  Categorizing GDrive under "Online file backup and storage", it goes on to describe it as "reliable storage" for files and media that can be accessed from multiple devices including cellphones.

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Google Web Drive online storage service tipped in Picasa

Google Web Drive online storage service tipped in Picasa

Google could be developing a new online storage system, if a screenshot from the new version of Picasa for Mac is to be believed.  The image shows a new entry to the "Move to Collection" menu option, listing "Google Web Drive" among the usual array of folders and shortcuts. 

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Microsoft cloud-backup & download store launch at MWC? GUI leaks claimed authentic

Microsoft cloud-backup & download store launch at MWC? GUI leaks claimed authentic

We expected Mobile World Congress next month to be dominated by the Palm Pre, but Microsoft could be planning a few headline-grabbing announcements of their own.  According to Neowin, three new Microsoft mobile services are slated for launch, together with the official unveil of Windows Mobile 6.5.  They also suggest that the leaked GUI screenshots first spotted last November are authentic concept shots for the new WM6.5 honeycomb web start menu.

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SanDisk Ultra Backup USB drive & redesigned Cruzers show up at CES

SanDisk Ultra Backup USB drive & redesigned Cruzers show up at CES

SanDisk have announced their latest USB flash memory stick, the Ultra Backup USB, which features both the company's sliding retractable USB plug and a dedicated backup button.  Available in capacities up to 64GB, a press of the backup button triggers an automatic sweep of specified folders for new files, which are also encrypted with password-protected access control and ultra-secure AES hardware-based encryption.

 

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A-DATA XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure

A-DATA XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure

A-DATA have unveiled a RAID enclosure that puts two 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs into a single 3.5-inch bay.  The XPG Dual SSD 3.5-inch RAID Enclosure has a hardware switch on its backplate that lets you quickly select between its seven different RAID modes: RAID0, RAID1, JBOD, Span, SAFE33, SAFE50 and GUI.  There's also a one-button backup option.

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HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP MediaSmart EX487 Home Server Review

HP's first-generation MediaSmart EX475 was the poster-child for Windows Home Server.  Now, HP are back with their second-gen version, the MediaSmart EX487; the hardware looks the same, but what's under the hood has seen some serious improvements.  Is this the best backup option for Windows and Mac users?  SlashGear set to finding out.

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Digital Foci Photo Safe II: up to 160GB of portable photo backup

Digital Foci Photo Safe II: up to 160GB of portable photo backup

Digital Foci know how frustrating it is to run out of space on your digital camera, which is obviously why they're plugging away with version two of their Photo Safe.  In effect a battery powered external hard-drive with a multi-format card reader strapped to it, the Photo Safe II allows you to plug in your camera's (or camcorder's, or cellphone's) memory card and instantly backup all the media on it.

Iomega external drives add Mozy for free online backup

Iomega external drives add Mozy for free online backup

Iomega have announced a new hardware and online services bundle that marks their first collaborative release with EMC stablemates Retrospect and Mozy.  Buyers of Iomega external hard-drives will be offered both copies of Retrospect Express, for managing local backups, and 2GB of online storage courtesy of MozyHome.  In a discussion today, Jonathan Huberman, President of the Consumer and Small Business Products Group at EMC Corporation, described the integration of hardware and software as the first step toward making remote backup and 'cloud' storage more accessible to users without the benefit of dedicated technical support teams. 

Drobo 2 sports Firewire 800 ports

Drobo 2 sports Firewire 800 ports

Data Robotics announces the availability of its latest version of its storage robot, Drobo 2. The new version of Drobo features two FireWire 800 Ports and newly upgraded core processor.

I-O DATA HDL2-G NAS with RAID & Toshiba TV integration

I-O DATA HDL2-G NAS with RAID & Toshiba TV integration

Typical, you wait all this time for a straightforward twin-drive RAID array and two turn up on the same day.  Well, maybe it's not something we've been actively waiting for, but hot on the heels of Western Digital's My Book Mirror Edition comes I-O DATA's HDL2-G.  Again, it's a dual-drive unit offering 1TB or 2TB of storage in RAID-0 Striped format, only this time I-O DATA have done the sensible thing and fitted a gigabit ethernet port as well as USB. 

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